MANCHESTER, NH – Christmas is fast approaching. Beat the holiday rush, avoid expedited shipping fees, and be the envy of gift givers everywhere by taking part in the time-honored tradition of the New England Craft Fair – Christmas at the Brook. The fair is Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brookside Congregational Church, 2013 Elm St., in Manchester’s North End.
“We are so excited to once again present Christmas at the Brook, a traditional New England craft fair,” said Becky Boisvert, of Brookside Congregational Church. “There is a real revitalization in crafts and homemade goods as evidenced by the popularity of sites like Etsy.com. We are looking forward to creating a fun and festive holiday environment for the community to enjoy that has been a tradition at Brookside Church for more than 50 years.”
Snap up one-of-a-kind handmade gifts that will surely bring smiles this holiday season. In addition to shopping for gifts, you can fill a container with your favorite varieties of fresh baked cookies in the Cookie Walk. Hit the bake sale and take a chance on the raffle to win popular themed gift baskets.
Get your children in the holiday spirit by participating in fun holiday activities – like face painting, ornament making, and more – including a visit from Santa, dressed in his Victorian best. You can also sit back and relax with a hot bowl of soup and bread from Abigails’ Bakery.
For more than 50 years, Brookside Congregational Church has been presenting the craft fair. This year, Christmas at the Brook has grown to more than 30 vendors featuring New Hampshire-made jewelry artisans, wagon-wheel rugs, hand-knit mittens, quilts, blown glass, dolls, handmade toys, ornaments, hand-knit winter hats, cards, fresh balsam wreaths, and much more.
Proceeds of the fair benefit the Brookside Congregational Church. More information is available here.
Brookside is an open and affirming congregation, embracing diversity and affirming the dignity and worth of every person. The church invites everyone to join in the common life and mission of reconciling community through participation and leadership in its congregation, and by fully sharing in the worship, rites and sacraments of the church. Brookside Congregational Church is a member of the United Church of Christ, the Hillsborough Association, the NH Conference, and United Church of Christ. For more information please visit http://www.brooksidecc.org.
Brookside Congregational Church has a tremendous impact on the Greater Manchester community as it provides not only a place of Sunday worship for parishioners, but it also provides a common location for numerous local nonprofits and community organizations to gather on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. The mission of Brookside is community-focused. In keeping with its mission, the Church is utilized by over 30 organizations in the Manchester area. The groups that use the Brookside buildings include support groups for alcoholics, overeaters, and adults with mental illness; grief counseling, a community garden for refugee immigrants and neighbors of Brookside, an annual fundraiser for the local food pantry, and various other services including a parish nursing program and local theater group. In addition, two small congregations meet weekly in Brookside’s chapel and the Church is also home to Pastoral Counseling Services and a thrift shop that caters to immigrant and low-income population groups. Brookside Congregational Church has an extensive commitment to service within the local community.
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